Osborn Engineered Products, a name synonymous with robustness and reliability, has the confidence of 90 years’ experience to back its product range. From design concept and manufacture to installation and commissioning, Osborn provides the worlds’ mining industries with a full range of crushers, feeders, screens and conveyors.Catering for all mining and quarrying equipment requirements, from the primary tip to the milling discharge circuits, Osborn offers a complete solution. The South African company recently supplied equipment worth R14 million to a new mine in the Northern Cape, situated between Black Rock and Sishen. Osborn product specialist Francois Scott elaborates: “We secured this order, for the new manganese mine, based on the number of machines that we already have operating in this area.” According to Scott, Osborn has supplied eight machines into this part of the country over the past 12 months, primarily for manganese production. “Some 90% of all the machines operating in the region are Osborn’s.” He says that this, combined with fact that this customer – a prominent new mining company in the region – has Osborn crushers operating successfully at another site, led it back to Osborn for this latest order.
The order included an apron feeder, vibrating grizzly feeder, jaw crusher and an Osborn 57SBS Gyrasphere cone crusher. The installation and commissioning were also undertaken by Osborn. Also included in the equipment supplied was a BTi MRHT25BXR50 stationary Rock Breaker System, which is perfectly suited to typical Northern Cape manganese hard rock applications.The company also recently secured an order for seven screens from Petra Diamonds. The screens will be employed at the diamond miner’s Cullinan operation, where a new tailings reclamation plant is being set up. This order comprises six Osborn IFE screens and one Osborn OBEX single deck screen. Osborn product manager Emile Oosthuyzen explains that Osborn’s IFE Screens are designed for heavy-duty to extra-heavy-duty screening, and feature a gearbox drive that is driven via a cardan shaft from an electric motor, in order to generate more G-force for the weight of the machine. Over the years, these tough, hard-wearing screens have made their mark at operations like Kleinkopje colliery, Iscor’s Sishen, Zimbabwe’s Wankie colliery, Empressa Minera Copper mine in Chile and Namakwa Sands, reflecting the diverse applications of this range of screens in products ranging from coal and copper to iron ore, heavy mineral sands and diamonds. Osborn is a member of the Astec Industries group of companies, an American manufacturer of plant and equipment for aggregate processing, asphalt road building, pipeline and utility trenching. Through Astec, Osborn now offers an imported range of construction equipment, including asphalt road construction machines, trenching technology and directional drills.